Kriek
Brouwerij Lindemans

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #142
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,239
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 13.4%
Reviews:
553
Ratings:
1,327
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Brouwerij Lindemans
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
KriekKriek
Notes: Also known as Kriek Foudroyante

We've already told you that our family never does anything the way other people do. Kriek Lindemans is a good example of that. In order to obtain a beer like no other, we have been adding whole sour cherries to our lambic for generations. Our meeting with American importer Charles Finkel in the 1970s revolutionized the fruit beer segment. Charles convinced us to export our old kriek to the United States by boat. What we had not thought of is that the movement of the waves would reactivate the fermentation process and cause the corks to pop during the trip. It was like something out of The Adventures of Tintin. To prevent that from happening, we therefore developed an alternative production method for our kriek. We use fresh, not from concentrate, unsweetened cherry filtrate which we blend with lambic that is at least one year old before fermenting & macerating for up to 3 days and pasteurizing the whole batch. So the corks don't pop. Due to the use of filtrate and pasteurization, this kriek is sweeter and fruitier than Old Kriek Cuvée René, which undergoes a second fermentation process in the bottle. Thanks to its innovative flavour, it was a resounding success both here in Belgium as well as around the world. Nowadays, it is undoubtedly the reference kriek for consumers.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ever since a buddy got me hooked on New Glarus fruited beers -- Wisconsin Belgian Red, especially -- I've been in search of something similar to fit the bill since I'll rarely be able to get my hands on NG beers. After many, many misses, I finally found something that's worthy. It isn't as nuanced and dialed in as Belgian Red, but the aroma is remarkably similar and the high points are very high, so it's in the ballpark. Very excited to have found a readily-available winner built in a similar mold!

Pours a wonderful deep burgundy with a solid head of light-pink bubbles of various sizes and consistencies. Provides nice streaks of off-white lacing. As I reach the last few sips and the beer thins out, noticeable brown and mahogany hues shows up in the outer edges. Crystal clear consistency, but dark and well carbonated. Very attractive beer.

Warm cherry pie aromas burst from the glass. Dark cherry, cinnamon, iced pastry, and vanilla. It smells unabashedly sweet (but not artificial) and wonderful. Some apple, cranberry, and pear underneath the cherry juice, as well. Just a touch of funk, as well.

Taste follows, but here there's just the slightest maraschino/candied cherry note mixed in with the natural fruit flavors. Doesn't come off as medicinal or artificial at all, but this is where it's not on par with my New Glarus experiences. Still, the 99% of the cherry experience is pure, ripe, pressed cherries. There's certainly plenty of sweetness, but it isn't cloying or palate-wrecking at all. Nice tartness doing at least a little balancing with the sweetness. Apple and cranberry show up again is sizable doses, along with some green grape. Some vanilla still there, along with a delicate wheat note, but I'm not getting any cinnamon or baking spices on the tongue. It definitely has a solid cider vibe to it. But the star, here is the waves and waves of cherry juice. No real sourness to speak of past the tart fruits. Don't know if that makes it somehow a poor representation of the style. All I know is that I really like it.

Silky and soft feel, though medium-light in heft. Not syrupy at all. Perfect carbonation that provides a nice prickle on the back of the tongue.

Would certainly make for a fantastic dessert beer, but I'm digging it as a one-off slow sipper on a quiet night, as well. Just damn tasty, especially for a 3.5% ABV beer. I'm pretty sure I'll have a few of these in my fridge at all times going forward.

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Photo of Nofoba
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It pours a dark ruby red body with visible carbonation. Small pink head with some lacing.

It has a really strong, sweet aroma of fermented cherries.

The taste is sweet, sour and crisp, with cherries and tart. The mouthfeel is full bodied; sour, oily and with sticky sweetness, with medium carbonation and light bitterness. It has a lingering aftertaste with tarty sweetness and light sourness.

A very enjoyable kriek.

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Photo of Shanex
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lindemans Kriek, and its 375ml of lambic fruit...

Poured into the only beer glass available here, left a three inches white/red foam fading slowly.

On the nose it’s incredibly full of cherries. Quite pleasant and you can feel in advance this is going to be really sweet on the palate...

And on the palate the cherries blow you away! Very strong flavor of cherries and others fruits. Very smooth, low ABV at 3,5% which would make for a fine summer refreshment.

Overall, a pretty fine lambic, in a different style I enjoyed as much Cherry Chouffe and Kasteel Red. I don’t normally really dig lambics like other folks who don’t all like very sweet beers but I recognize a good one when I sip on one...

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Photo of andypeters1971
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as complex as Kasteel Rouge but still quite good. One of the great bottles in all of beer. The smaller one ... Dark green in color; thick, heavy, substantial glass; with the logo etched on it. You won't want to discard this bottle.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Body is a deep ruby red, clear in appearance. Bubbly, thin head that dissipates very quickly.

Sweet cherries are the dominant note in the aroma. I also smell plums and slight vanilla. Earthy and funky smell. Doesn't smell tart.

The taste is pretty much like the aroma. Not tart and a little bit sour. Medium-light body.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I'm always amazed at how excellent the cuvee rene series can be, and then how disappointing the rest of Lindemans lambics are.

Anyways, this is a significant downward departure from the cuvee rene kriek. Pours a leaning dark red color with a pinkish head 1/2" deep. Doesn't really have a problem in the appearance department. Its all downhill from here. Aroma is sugar and cherries.

Lots of that same sugar and cherries feel, totally underwhelmed by anything you typically find in droves in lambics, sourness, tartness, oak, brett, other funk aspects, anything to make you think its a wild beer. Above average carbonation. The cherries are bright, but not tart. Everything is decent with the beer with the exception of the lack of sourness and the overly sweet experience. Of course, that is the essence that is missing from a lambic, so while it might look alright and whatnot, when you junk it up this much with sugar, it really destroys the lambic experience for me.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep clear red color. Pinkish head with very good retention. Very good lacing, as well.

S---Sweet cherries, not tart/bitter ones.

T---Sweet cherries, again. Just as advertised. Not really complex, but very good at what it is trying to do.

F---A little sticky sweetness. Could definitely drink a lot of this.

O---It's very good at what it's trying to be. A classic.

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Photo of janubio
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a raspberries glass at Cervecería The Situation. Rosé colour and head, medium that fades to a thin layer. Good pinky lace. Aroma of cherries, yoghourt, some bretts, a bit acid but not much. Medium body sticky texture, good carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste of cherries, vanilla. Too sweet and not really that acid for the style.

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Photo of elnachooo
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Es una cerveza suave, dulce, de cuerpo ligero, con una carbonatación media. Tiene un sabor ligeramente ácido. Es una cerveza refrescante. Un buen ejemplo de una cerveza Kriek.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ruby red clear body with tons of pink foam. Sugary sweet cherry with slight artificial taste at the finish. Some tartness and yeasts to compliment. Very high carbonation does not help artificial taste. Just an average lambic

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Photo of lastconfederate2
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite beer so far. Easy drinking, yet complex. Very sweet and heavy, but just south of cloying. An excellent dessert beer. Pours a deep red. Smells and tastes of cherries, plumbs, and other stone fruit with just a hint of the funkiness and sourness that is associated with lambic beers.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had an aroma that screams sweet and tart dark cherry. Had to work hard to pick up some malt, cereal/grain, and a little bit of a sour tartness. Taste is almost identical to aroma, sweet and slightly tart. It has a strong resembalance to sparkling cherry juice. Overall it makes for an excellent dessert beer

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Photo of EMH73
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep red with a bit of sediment, a half inch pink head that left nice lacing. Smells and tastes of tart and sweet cherries, sweet malts and a bit of funk. Light to medium bodied, lively carbonation, tart and dry finish.

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Photo of Blackrobe
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Labeled "L BK08QKR 15244" on the back of the bottle, which translates to the date 11/8/17, 6.5 months since brewing.

Pours a clear deep cardinal red in the glass with two fingers of pink fluffy head. Nose is of a strong sour montmorency cherry, a little bit of funk, hint of red delicious apple, bit of plum and a tiny bit of earthiness. Almost exclusively cherry juice on the nose, you really had to pull the rest of them out. Taste is wonderful, a mix of sweeter bing cherries + sour montmorency cherries with a distant grain backbone. It's exactly what the bottle labels it as, a sweetened cherry lambic malt beverage. Medium-light body, medium sourness and medium sweetness. Great carbonation that rolls across the tongue. Is it a beer? Arguable. Is it good? Hell yes. If you're looking for a traditional lambic or anything complex, you wont find it here. It's fresh mix of cherries for days on end. I'm a huge fan of cherries, so this is a hit.

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Photo of Chris5554
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like cherry cider, sweet and very cherry. It's drinkable, tastes like a really good cherry soda. Looks like a lightly carbonated red wine. If it was cheaper, I wouldn't mind drinking a whole lot of it.

Poured into a dirty sock suspended above my mouth.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2019. ABV is stated as 3.5%. Acquired a little while back from a webshop. A cherry-flavoured lambic beer; the label states that this is made with a base of 1-year old lambic and contains 20% real cherry juice in addition to sugar and sweetener(?).

A: Poured into a tulip. A deep cherry-red colour with good clarity, some slight floating sediment and moderate carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy pink foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of intense cherry with hints of fruity sweetness, mild sourness, earthiness and just a twinge of funk. Dominated by the cherry - nice.

T: Tastes of supremely juicy cherry with notes of fruity tartness, citric acid, sugary sweetness and mild earthiness. Uncomplicated, like liquid candy. No bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with spritzy carbonation and decent body for the strength. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of tart cherry, sweetness and a lingering acidity.

O: Very drinkable. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are all sharp cherry and sweetener. Body is alright. I'm well aware that this is not an authentic lambic and am not evaluating it against that standard. For what it is, however, I find it deliciously refreshing. Mainly because I have a soft spot for cherry. Worth sampling.

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Photo of DJinVT
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a ripe black cherry aroma that is nuanced and enticing. On the tongue, the taste explodes, and gives off super intense flavors of hardcore black cherry and blackberry. The finish is super sharp, to razor-edged, refreshing, tart and acidic. Personally I wouldn't call it beer—but I loved it start to finish just the same !

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very red in color. Lots and lots of carbonation. Even the head is red in color. Extreme cherry flavor that is refreshing hard to believe this is 'beer'.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Alcampo. In Teku glass. At dinner, after futsal match, with pizza. Pleasant but plain. Not much sourness, just some cherry notes (not enough) and a bit metallic. The feel is very good though. Like a soda

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Photo of beerguy04
4.81/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a purplish pink with a big pinkish white head. Smell is of sour cherry. Taste is of dark cherry and other dark fruits. Subdued sour taste. Mouthfeel is acidic and very wine like. Overall a good bridge for wine lovers to beer.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a deep ruby red/purple colored body with a one and a half finger fluffy lumpy light pink head that lasts a good five minutes. I couldn’t see any carbonation because the body was too dark. The smell has black cherries up front and dominating, some light barley and dark fruits. Just a tad of sourness comes out. The taste has a decent combination between the sweet black cherries and sour cherries. Some spice mixes in with the barley. On the palate, its about a light to medium body giving a "soda" feel to the beer as the carbonation makes itself present. Still, this is very easy to drink. With the low ABV, this is very sessionable. Overall, is this a beer? Oh, woops, my bad, apologies for my sarcasm, of course it is, just a really good one in the warmer weather.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a Duvel tulip glass.

A: The body is red to purple with a pink head, having a one finger thickness with an awesome retention​ and lacing. Looking really cool.
S: The aroma is very sweet of cherry jam, cherry and lots of sugary contents make it that way.
T: Lots and lots of cherries. There's literally no other flavor coming in except with the very very small profile of tartness from the sourness of this beer.
M: Body is medium. Carbonation is perfect. Alcohol is present in a very small amount and should go unnoticed as it is. Sourness should be bigger but this way, it makes the beer very very drinkable.
O: Easily the best Kriek I've ever had!

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Photo of handmuffin
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours ruby red with large startling pink head that genuinely looks like cotton candy. First aroma after removing the cork is bright sour and acidity, like red wine vinegar. That aroma fades very quickly after pouring, replaced by a very strong cherry smell, like cherry pie filling. No hop or malt aroma is detectable. The flavor is even more cherry upfront, with a mild barnyard funk and sour acidity in the back, very reminiscent of the freshly uncorked aroma. Sweet finish with no hop flavor or bitterness detectable. Surprisingly full bodied with medium carbonation. Overall this beer is interesting. I had read that Lindemans fruited lambics were too sweet or overly artificial tasting, and while I do agree it is rather sweet and the cherry flavor could be interpreted by some as medicinal, neither are so egregious as to make the beer unenjoyable. The sweetness pairs well with the sour and cherry flavor to produce an effect similar to eating fresh tart cherries. The underlying barnyard and horse blanket flavors and aromas that peak out suggest a legitimate lambic component to the beer, very similar to Lindemans Oude Gueuze Cuvee Rene. In summary, this may be too sweet and overly fruited to be a traditional kriek, but it is still a complex and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Garnet color with substantial and lasting pink, frothy head. Persistent lacing.
S: Cherry and anise.
T: Cherry, caramel, molasses. Tartness substantially offsets the sweetness to very good effect.
M: Light bodied, effervescence passes quickly.
O: Very enjoyable: dessert, not the main course.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A great beverage, but does fall into my 'is it beer' category.

That aside, reviewing purely on its individual merits;

Appearance is very like a fruit juice from concentrate, and really has you in the frame of mind for drinking a soft drink.

Aroma is great, cherry bliss, and again you're thinking full blow fruit juice here.

The taste is good, a bit on the sweet side, and no sense of any alcohol at all.

There is a little fizz on the tongue and boom its gone in a flash, leaving no aftertaste which is surprising.

As with this type of beer I would prefer more abv and a little less sweetness, but for what it is, it is pretty good.

You'll either love it or hate it.

...small adjustment, as I continue on, the beer is starting to leave a powdery coating to my teeth and tongue, so knocked down the feel by 0.25

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